Supporting female violence researchers who experience vicarious trauma

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Eve Wang summarises a qualitative study exploring the emotional safety and coping mechanisms in women conducting violence and abuse research, who experience vicarious trauma.

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Are crisis responses for children and young people effective?

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Beth Cumber summarises the CAMH‐Crisis project – a large systematic review exploring crisis response interventions for children and young people, with a focus on effectiveness, lived experiences and service organisation.

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Here comes the sun: associations between daily light exposure and psychiatric disorders

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Emiliana Tonini summarises a large-scale cross-sectional study, which suggests that encouraging individuals to increase their exposure to bright natural light during the day and minimise exposure to artificial light at night may help with our mental health.

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Are chatbots the answer to minimising inequalities in treatment access?

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Robert Meadows considers the findings of a recent paper on the use of artificial intelligence chatbots in increasing self-referrals to mental health services.

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Enhancing mental health care for autistic individuals: bridging gaps and breaking barriers

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Today Ruby Jarvis presents two new reviews from the Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which summarise the adjustments that clinicians can make to improve mental health care for autistic children, young people and adults.

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Antidepressants: what is the Smallest Worthwhile Difference?

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Linda Gask summarises findings from a cross-sectional online survey that investigated the Smallest Worthwhile Difference necessary for individuals with depression to consider taking antidepressants.

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Cannabis use disorder associated with increased risk of both psychotic and nonpsychotic unipolar depression and bipolar disorder

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Jack Wilson critiques a recent Danish longitudinal study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which suggests that cannabis use disorder is independently associated with bipolar disorder and unipolar depression.

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Functional alternatives to alcohol: desirable effects, but without the harm?

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Matt Field summarises a review led by David Nutt, which presents our current knowledge of how alcohol mediates its effects in the brain, and how we can exploit this knowledge to develop functional safe alternatives to alcohol.

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Inflammation and depression: new insights into sex differences in adolescents

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Sophie Fairweather explores a recent paper which suggests that the inflammatory cytokines IL-2 and IL-6 are associated with both the risk of developing depression, and with depression severity, although this relationship is modified by sex.

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